As someone who works in construction, you face a variety of potential safety risks and health hazards on a daily basis. If you have been injured while working, you deserve to be compensated for your losses. The Illinois workers’ compensation system provides important benefits for injured construction workers; however, claiming your benefits can be a challenge.
At Malman Law, we pursue workers’ compensation benefits on behalf of construction workers in the Chicagoland area and throughout Illinois. Importantly, we will also investigate our clients’ cases to see if someone other than their employer may be responsible for their injuries. While workers’ compensation limits the benefits you can seek from your employer, it does not limit the liability of other parties. If a contractor, subcontractor, or other party is to blame for your losses, we may be able seek workers’ compensation benefits and pursue personal injury damages on your behalf.
Workers’ Compensation for Construction Accidents in Illinois
Construction is widely considered one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. More construction workers die in work-related accidents each year than in any other occupation, and in recent years the number of deaths has actually been on the rise. Along with thousands of fatalities each year, countless more workers suffer serious injuries.
To claim workers’ compensation for a construction site accident, there are important steps you need to take from the moment you suffer your injury. This includes reporting the accident to your employer and either choosing a doctor out of your employer’s network or opting out of the network. However, even if you do opt out, there are still restrictions on the doctors you can see. These are requirements under the Illinois Workers Compensation Act. If you do not follow these requirements, you may forfeit your right to compensation.
Due to these challenges, you should speak with one of our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys as soon as possible to ensure that you receive the maximum benefits available. At Malman Law, we have been fighting for injured workers since 1994 and have helped thousands of clients recover millions of dollars in compensation. We can help you claim benefits for injuries suffered as a result of:
- Being struck by tools, materials, or debris
- Equipment and machinery accidents
- Falling from ladders or from heights
- Lack of safety equipment, including respirators
- Scaffolding accidents
- Truck accidents on construction sites
- Violence on construction sites
Please also note that, if you have lost a loved one in a construction accident in Illinois, we can help you pursue workers’ compensation benefits as well. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act includes provisions specifically providing for death benefits for surviving family members, and we can make sure that you receive the full benefits to which you are legally entitled.
Filing a Lawsuit for Construction Site Injuries
As we mentioned above, in some cases, injured construction workers can seek both workers’ compensation benefits and personal injury damages. You are not entitled to retain double compensation, but since personal injury lawsuits can take a long time, we can help you seek workers’ compensation for the short-term while we take your personal injury claim to court.
Why is this important? Because in Illinois, workers’ compensation does not cover all of the losses that workers can sustain in construction site accidents. Workers’ compensation is designed as a “no-fault” system so that injured workers can claim compensation without having to prove that their employers were negligent in causing their injuries. But, in exchange for this benefit, the compensation made available under the system is limited. Workers’ compensation covers injured employees’ medical bills and some of their lost wages, but these are often just a small portion of a claimant’s overall personal injury damages.
The Malman Law Difference
While some law firms focus only on personal injury cases or helping clients fight for workers’ compensation, at Malman Law we do both. Our experienced team of attorneys will fight tirelessly to make sure that you recover the largest possible settlement or court award for your:
- Outstanding medical bills
- Future medical and rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Other physical, financial, and emotional losses
We also offer all clients our Zero Fee Guarantee, and we will even come to your home or hospital to conduct your free initial consultation.
Schedule Your Free Consultation Today
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a construction accident, we want to help you fight for just compensation. Even if you have started the workers’ compensation process on your own, it is not too late to ask us to step in and help. To get started on the road to recovery, please call our Chicago law offices at (888) 625-6265 or send us a message online today.